Establishing production service system and information collaboration platform for mold and die products

George Q. Huang, T. Qu, R. Y. Zhong, Z. Li, H. D. Yang, Y. F. Zhang, Q. X. Chen, P. Y. Jiang, X. Chen

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This paper investigates how the new concept of product service systems can be used and extended to transform, elevate, and revitalize traditional equipment manufacturing industry such as the Mold and Die (MD) sector. A mold and die production service systems (MPSS) framework is established based on recent developments within our industrial collaborators. Within the MPSS framework, MD manufacturers become more specialized in producing MD products and components while sharing and outsourcing manufacturing-oriented services (MOS) from a service provider. Typical services include collaborative order pooling and release, collaborative project progress status tracking, contractor-managed collaborative outsourcing, collaborative product design, collaborative production planning and scheduling, and after-sales technical supports. MOSs are designed, developed, and deployed as SaaS (software as application services) following the service-oriented architecture. Collectively, they form iMPSS-an Information and Collaboration Platform that enables MPSS. The use of iMPSS leads to benefits for stakeholders involved in providing mold and die functionality including better shopfloor decisions and reduced IT investments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1149-1160
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number9-12
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Collaboration platform
  • Manufacturing-oriented services
  • Mold and die
  • Product service system (PSS)
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA)
  • Service-oriented manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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